Cross Country: New Chapter as a Family

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Josh Gorton

Junior Josh Shelby rounds the loop at the Lagoon Valley Classic Invitational Meet in August. Josh was named League MVP after the Falcons won the SDL championship.

Hills, heat, exhaustion, dehydration… Nothing is stopping the VCHS Cross Country team during the 2019 season. Our Division 5 team is drawing near the end of their league run with a beefy record so far to be proud of.

“It’s a really big joy to me because I like to run. It’s a good exercise and it de-stresses me from my schoolwork,” junior Josh Shelby said.

Cross Country doubled in size from last year, proving to be quite the challenge for Coach Mia Douglas. The hard-working athletes practice 4 days a week, and started June 10.“Since August 5, there have been approximately 80 hours of running practices,” Coach Mia said.

As league competition drew to a close, Coach Mia has high hopes for her athletes as a new chapter of the season begins. “My intentions for subsections is to get all three teams to sections: VB, VG, and JVB,” Coach Mia said. VB is Varsity Boys, VG is Varsity Girls, and JVB is Junior Varsity Boys.
“Our whole running family will be there at sections to compete,” Coach Mia said. Cross Country isn’t just a sport for these runners and coaches. It’s one big happy family.

“I enjoy being on the XC team because everyone treats me like family; they all give me respect, and my inspiring teammates I have,” Josh Shelby said.

“My runners come early and stay later to find places along the course to cheer on others.” “They speak life to one another and really embrace the team/family dynamic,” Coach Mia said.

When VCHS became league champions, junior Josh Shelby and sophomore Laura Everett were named League MVPs for this year. Subsection races are November 9 at Angel’s Camp. Girls placed 3rd, guys placed 7th. Everett placed 5th in her race, and Shelby placed 11th. Katrina Husby and Christine Llave also received medals. Sections are November 16 at Folsom.